Does working nightshifts make anxiety worse?

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   Posted 1/28/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Guys I work shiftwork I work a month or days and then a month of nights.
When on nights I work from 7am to 7pm I fell fine when i am working them but its the days when I am trying to adjust back to days my body feels all over the place and my mood feels down.
It really tends to affect me as I kinda go through stints of really bad anxiety every year where I miss about 2 weeks from work and its worrying me as I dont want to loose my job I have a house, partner, kid and car to support. But I suppose my job cant really do anything if I have doctors notes can they?
I know I should really try find another job but i dont think right now would be the correct time to do it. Plus I really worry about having to start another job that i will be able cope.
Anyway justif any of you guys know if night shift would affect a persons mood and anxiety levels that would be great.

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   Posted 1/28/2007 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Funny,

I can relate to this in a way as my anxiety seems worse when I am tired so when I would work a night shift, I always seemed to suffer more the next day when I hadn't had enough sleep.

Talk to your doctor about the problems you are having with your anxiety. Does the company you work for have an occupational health department? If so, they can advise your employers about your health issues and try to make your working life easier for you.

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   Posted 1/28/2007 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
melatonin can sometimes help our internal time clocks
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   Posted 1/28/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I will check that out Victoria thanks.

@Harry whats melatonin?

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   Posted 1/28/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello funnyclub
My hubby worked rotating shifts for years and he says it feels like you have to go thru daylight savings time everytime you go to the next shift. Your body never gets a regular sleep pattern which leaves you tired and anxious all the time. Were both so happy and more relaxed now he has been working from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm for 15 years. Hope this helps you out some. 
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   Posted 1/28/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey MsKittie thanks for your reply I will really have to get off working night shifts in the future.

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   Posted 1/29/2007 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe it has a direct effect on your body and chemistry of body changing shifts all the time espespecially nights
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